Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt celebrated a special international landmark on Sunday, becoming only the seventh player in Netherlands history to reach 100 caps.

Reds fans tuning into the World Cup last 16 meeting between the Dutch and Mexico would not have been surprised by the remarkable versatility and commitment shown by the 33-year-old.

He started the match in an unconventional left-back spot, swapped sides after an enforced reshuffle and later ended up in a more traditional attacking position at the game's conclusion.

It was a dramatic one too. Trailing with just two minutes remaining on the clock in a sultry Fortaleza, strikes by Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sent the Netherlands through.

"It's amazing, a special day for me," Kuyt, who scored 71 goals in 285 appearances for the Reds, enthused to after the final whistle.

"To become the seventh player in the history of Dutch football to reach 100 caps, and to finish the game like that, is amazing.

"I'm a very proud person; I'm very proud of the team and the team spirit. We kept fighting until the end and we're very happy with the result."